Right After the Weather

Right After the Weather

Book - 2019
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"It's the fall of 2016. Cate, a set designer in her early forties, lives and works in Chicago's theater community. She has stayed too long at the fair and knows it's time to get past her prolonged adolescence and stop taking handouts from her parents. She has a firm plan to get solvent and settled in a serious relationship. She has tentatively started something new even as she's haunted by an old, going-nowhere affair. Her ex-husband, recently booted from his most recent marriage, is currently camped out in Cate's spare bedroom, in thrall to online conspiracy theories, and she's not sure how to help him. Her best friend Neale, a yoga instructor, lives nearby with her son and is Cate's model for what serious adulthood looks like. Only a few blocks away, but in a parallel universe we find Nathan and Irene--casual sociopaths, drug addicts, and small-time criminals. Their world and Cate's intersect the day she comes into Neale's kitchen to find these strangers assaulting her friend. Forced to take fast, spontaneous action, Cate does something she's never even considered. She now also knows the violence she is capable of, as does everyone else in her life, and overnight, their world has changed. Anshaw's flawed, sympathetic, and uncannily familiar characters grapple with their altered relationships and identities against the backdrop of the new Trump presidency and a country waking to a different understanding of itself."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781476747798
Call Number: F ANSHAW C
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 14, 2019

This was my first Carol Anshaw book and now that I've finished it I can't wait to read more. It's rare to find a relatable protagonist that actually reflects my demographic (gay, still figuring it out at midlife). There is a violent episode in the book that was written in such a way that the reader isn't victimized along with the character, so rare to find. Terrific book.

Oct 25, 2019

I found the trajectory of this book to be entirely confusing. The central event cited in the synopsis doesn't even happen until half way through the book. There was so much potential to explore the consequences and ripple effects of a violent incident - how it can unravel us and change us - and yet the author fails to flesh these ideas out. Additionally, the author chose to sprinkle in a few chapters from the perspective of the 2 individuals who perpetuated that attack, which I thought was a really interesting path to go down. However, these chapters are inconsistent and stop abruptly, right when it would be most interesting to see their perspective. It's fine, the writing is decent, I just couldn't recommend it to anyone as a satisfying weekend read.


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